Howard Dillon Marstiller, 86, a resident of Laurel Mountain Road, passed from this life Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Davis Memorial Hospital. He had been in declining health for several years.
Howard was born March 2, 1926, at Elkins, a son of the late Earl and Mabel Given Marstiller.
On Oct. 31, 1953, at Oakland, Md., he was married to Wanda Elaine Ware, who preceded him in death Sept. 30, 2012.
Howard was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Surviving are two sons, Clifford and wife, Sherri, and H. Nicholas and wife, Savannah, both of Elkins; two daughters, Jeanette Kerr of Elkins and Sandra Chittenden and husband, Thom, of Boyds, Md.; two grandsons, John Kerr and wife, Shannon, of Davis and Garrett Marstiller of Elkins; three granddaughters Jessica, Holly, and Rebekah Chittenden, of Boyds, Md.; one foster granddaughter, Krystal Powers of North Carolina; one great-grandson, Kevin Kerr of Davis; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews; one nephew, Kenny Myall, whom he helped raise; and five brothers-in-law, Donald (Viola) Ware of Ray, N.D., James (Diane) Ware of Pine City, Minn., Shelly Ware of Casper, Wyo., Claude (Doris) Ware of Douglas, Wyo., and Paul Shaffer of Elkins.
Besides his wife and parents, Howard was preceded in death by one brother, Rolland Marstiller, one sister, Audrey Marstiller Davis; one grandson, Dillon Marstiller; one brother-in-law, Elmer Herzog; and, four sisters-in-law Betty Marstiller, Virginia Herzog, Shirley Shaffer and Mary Ware.
Howard attended the schools of Randolph County and graduated from Elkins High School in 1943. After graduation, he served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946, and during this time, he attended Emory and Henry College in Virginia. After discharge from the military, he worked as a meat cutter at the A&P store for several years before he and his wife, Wanda, owned and operated The Snack Shoppe for 18 years in Elkins. In 1973, he closed the restaurant and went to work as a plumber for Eldon Goddin and retired from Davis Electric in 1991. Howard was a member of the West Virginia Highlanders Bagpipe Band for more than 30 years where he served in the color guard for a short time and then became the drum major. He was also a long time member of American Legion Post 29 where he served as a post commander as well as calling bingo for several years. He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks Club, Moose Club and was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He was known for his patriotism, his sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with his friends at the American Legion. Howard also enjoyed astronomy, travelling with the West Virginia Highlanders Bagpipe Band, had an interest in politics, government, aviation, gardening, hunting, fishing and bird watching. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of Orlena United Methodist Church.
Friends will be received from 5 until 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel. Pastor David Fisher and the Rev. Dr. Basil A. Hensley will officiate. Interment will follow in American Legion's Little Arlington Cemetery where full military rights will be accorded by members of the United States Navy, H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion and Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Howard's name to H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, 326 Railroad Ave., Elkins, WV 26241 or the Orlena United Methodist Church, in care of Milford Jones, Rt. 1, Box31, Mill Creek, WV 26280. Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Howard Dillon Marstiller. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.com.